I’m kind of an antique junkie. I love old things–or things that just look old or are old-fashioned.
Why am I telling you this?
Because my mom took me to an antique shop close to us, and I bought this silver tea set that I am just thrilled with. 😊
And I have a spiritual application (or whatever you call it) for it.
This tea set was dirty and dull. Really needed to be cleaned.
So we cleaned it. I washed it, and my sister helped me scrub it with polish, and we washed it again. . . And wow. The difference that made was astounding. I thought it was nice before, but now I think so even more! It’s clean and shiny and just so beautiful! (Like I said, I love old stuff, so excuse me when I get excited. 😁)
And we are like that tea set.
We were dirty.
Desperately needing a clean.
And then Somebody decided He wanted us. He paid the price and took us away from that store.
And He cleaned us. He washed and scrubbed and polished and washed. . . And wow. The difference that made was astounding. Breath-taking. Making-hearts-swell-and-eyes-moisten.
Because suddenly we were clean. Shiny. Beautiful. We realized that we were worth something–not because of us, no, but because of Him, because of what He did. And we were usable. Chosen. Loved.
I spent fifteen bucks on that set. Jesus? Jesus spent His life–laid it all down, gave everything–for us. For you. For me.
There’s a song that talks about Jesus being a heart collector; but instead of trying to get the best (as most collectors do), He goes for the broken.
This is the One we serve, y’all! He sees worth where others see worthless. He calls beautiful what others call ugly. He picks up the dirty ones that no one else will touch, and He makes them clean. He pays the price for people whom the world wouldn’t give a penny for (or to). He collects the broken, the ruined, the useless–and He mends, restores, and uses.
And He’s just thrilled about it all. I can picture Him running up to God and going “Look, Dad! Look at this person I just bought and cleaned up! Isn’t it just great?! I’m going to keep them forever and ever!”
You might not get excited about buying an old tea set and cleaning it up. But I sure hope you get excited about Jesus buying and cleaning up people. 🙂